How’s your energy reservoir?
That may sound like a “crunchy,” touchie feelie question, but I’m totally serious. How’s your energy, holistically?
I’m referring to pranic energy. The energetic, “subtle body” is as alive and important as your physical body, if not more so. They go hand in hand, with wellness on an energetic level having a direct effect on the physical body. This can manifest as bliss, wellness and balance, or it can manifest as ailments of the mental, emotional and physical sort.
One of the most common energetic depletions comes from giving, giving, giving until one’s empty. When we experience an outpouring of vigor we must replenish it. Sometimes the tank is refilled by those we’ve shared with, other times we must replenish our reserves on our own. So many valuable and enjoyable experiences, activities and roles create positive vibrations in society and the universe, but subsequently deplete our energy reservoir. Whether you’re a teacher, parent, artist, healer, or just overall generous human being, you can likely relate to the feeling of pranic fatigue. As giving beings we are, for the most part, constantly directing sacred life force outwards. Some more so than others.
During my yoga teacher training one of my mentors shared with us that she “moves her shakti” each day before teaching. That really resonated with me. She offers a powerful style of teaching that connects with students of every sort, on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. She offers a holistic gift with her teaching and, after her comment, it only makes sense that such a fiery offering requires a “stoking” of sorts.
Our prana is our life force. It is sacred and divine. This energy is in each and every one of us. I compare this energetic disposition to the relationship between eating and exercising; it’s far quicker and easier to consume units of energy than it is to burn them off. It’s the opposite with our energy reservoir. It’s far easier to spring a leak and let it come flooding out than it is to replenish, restore and rebuild it. That’s why, as with everything, balance is supremely key.
So, how does one nurture one’s supply of sacred energy? Here are three simple ways to avoid pranic fatigue.
- Find activities that “stoke your fire.” You can likely name a few activities off the top of your head that fuel your life force. Yoga, meditation, pranayama, connecting with nature, journaling, cooking, a candlelit bubble bath, deep conversations with a loved one; these are some of my own fire stoking practices. Engage in any activity that leaves you feeling fuller, stronger, more inspired. Engage in them often.
- Be cautious with what you offer out. I’m not saying be stingy with your time or kindness, not at all. I’m just saying be aware and conscientious with your own energy. Your own life force. Don’t spring a leak accidentally, be mindful with such a gift. Direct it appropriately and with pure intentions. Don’t overcommit yourself, don’t invest energy in negative people or situations; become convinced of the sacred nature of your prana and, without hoarding it, be cognizant of not overdrawing your reserves.
- Artfully stir the directional energy in your life. It doesn’t have to be, Ah I taught four classes today I need to just veg and be alone and re-anchor tomorrow. In fact, it’s far healthier to balance the input and output of energy in as equal a manner as possible, rather than to drain the tank before refilling it. With practice, I believe we can all develop a rather graceful directional flow of energy, in and out.
When our prana is strong and stable, we can offer to the world the gifts that we spend our days and nights cultivating. What we offer to ourselves we are then able to offer out to the world. So take the time to replenish your reserve. Make radical self care a priority. Create a space for yourself to flourish, radiate love and remain anchored all at once. It is possible to artfully manage your prana and never face a dry energy reservoir ever again.